Letter from the PSWA president inviting public to banquet

Dear Friends –

The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s banquet is rapidly approaching, and as president of the organization, I want to express my hope that you’ll be there. It’s going to be another terrific evening that you won’t want to miss.

This will be our 108th annual banquet, the oldest of its kind in the country. It’ll be held January 30 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. As the premier sports banquet in the Philadelphia area, we’ll again hold an event that will not soon be forgotten

To make sure you have all the latest information, let me tell you who’s going to be honored. Start with Claude Giroux, the Flyers center, who during part of this season has led the NHL in scoring. He’s our Pro Athlete of the Year Award.

The Phillies, with the best record in the major leagues in 2011 and the most wins in club history, will be the recipients of our Team of the Year Award. Sheila Reid, a national champion in both track and cross country from Villanova University, has earned our Amateur Athlete of the Year Award.

Our list of honorees continues with Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence getting our Good Guy Award. Philadelphia University Hall of Fame basketball coach Herb Magee (Living Legend), Ryan Vogelsong from Chester County, the San Francisco Giants best pitcher in 2011(Native Son), and Villanova football coach Andy Talley (Humanitarian) will also be honored. Of course, the presentation of our Most Courageous Athlete Award is always the highlight of the evening.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, the Union’s leading scorer, Sebastian LeToux, WNBA Coach of the Year Cheryl Reeve, Hall of Fame football coach Bill Manlove, and Villanova women’s basketball coach Harry Perretta have earned Special Achievement awards. Among our other head table guests will be Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, Temple football coach Steve Addazio, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., and the top student-athletes from local colleges.

In addition, we’ll pay tribute to boxing great Joe Frazier with local welterweight contender Mike Jones speaking about his mentor. We’ll also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. And we’ll cite the movie, The Mighty Macs, with writer-director Tim Chambers and former Immaculata coach Cathy Rush present. Joe Conklin will be there with his comic routine, too

Isn’t this a great list? But it doesn’t end here. We’ll soon announce the names of a few more familiar sports figures who will grace our head table. As I said, this is going to be a night to remember, and I personally invite you to join us. I really hope you’ll be there and maybe even bring a friend or two.

You can buy tickets online ($95 apiece) by clicking here.

Doors to the banquet open at 5 p.m., with the dinner starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

See you on January 30. And tell your friends!

Rich Westcott,

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